October Birchbox Review!

My October Birchbox came a few weeks ago and I’m finally ready to share my review of the box I received with you! Sorry it has taken so long but this is more of a review and less of an “unboxing” because I have actually been using these products for the past two weeks in order to tell you all what I really think of them. I think knowing exactly how the products one gets in their monthly subscription box perform helps you to make a more informed decision on what subscription services to try out or what products to purchase for yourself! Overall, I was pretty happy with my box this month. I received a few products that I’ve really been liking so far and one that I really hate. Check out below to see what I got in my October Birchbox!


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1. Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

balance me eye cream

What Birchbox says: “The hardworking formula helps lift sagging skin, brighten under eye circles, and smooth away fine lines using 99% natural ingredients…This lightweight cream absorbs quickly into skin and has a lovely lavender-herb scent…Twice a day, dab a pea-sized amount onto under eye area, gently tapping with ring finger until fully absorbed.”

My thoughts: So far I’ve really been enjoying this eye cream. I use it at night only because I already have a great day eye cream (check out my 6 Products I Use Everyday post to find out what it is!) and have been searching for a night eye cream. I have very sensitive eyes that cannot handle most heavy night creams. As Birchbox says, this eye cream is very lightweight, absorbs quickly into my skin and does a great job moisturizing my under eyes. Despite the kind of strong scent of the cream (smells like ginger to me, not lavender) it does not irritate my eyes which is a major plus for me.

Product details: Full size is 0.5 fl oz and retails for $38 on birchbox.com

2. Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette Eyeshadow Sampler

cs revealed

What Birchbox says: “We sometimes (okay, always) have trouble selecting just one single shade of eye shadow to buy. So we’re tickled pink about this new palette from Coastal Scents. A follow-up to their popular Revealed palette, its 20 shadows keep things rosy—from barely-there pastel pink to rich violet, dusty rose to pink champagne…Apply to lids using included brushes. Blend as needed to achieve your desired look.”

My thoughts: I hate getting these little eye shadow sampler things in my subscription boxes. The packaging sucks and the quality in these samplers is usually worse than the normal sized product. Getting a sampler like this does not influence whether or not I want to buy the full size product it just makes me wish I had gotten something else in my Birchbox. I’m sure the Revealed 2 palette is good (it has a lot of great reviews on Birchbox’s website) but I don’t need any more neutral palettes so I won’t be purchasing it. There’s not much more to say other than I’m not going to use this little sampler and it’s probably going to go into the trash.

Product details: Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Set on the Birchbox website comes with the palette (20 colors) and 3 brushes for $34 or you can currently get the palette by itself from the Coastal Scents website for $20

3. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

beauty protector

What Birchbox says: “Beauty Protector’s leave-in mist is about as versatile as they come. It conditions, shields from heat and sun damage, and–of course–detangles, among other things. Plus, it’s 100% vegan and suitable for all hair types…Shampoo, condition, and towel dry hair. Hold the Protect & Detangle bottle four to six inches away from your scalp, and spray a few times. Comb through hair to ensure that the product is evenly diffused, and style as desired.”

My thoughts: This is a great spray in product for your hair. It smells nice and doesn’t make my hair feel weird, which is always good. I prefer spray leave in treatments as opposed to creams or serums because my hands don’t get all sticky or oily so this product is right up my alley! I think I need to use it more to decide if I like it more than my current favorite, the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product, but so far it has been a good alternative that I have enjoyed using.

Product details: Full size is 8 oz and retails for $21.95 on birchbox.com

4. ModelCo Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Kitty

party proof

What Birchbox says: “This hydrating, semi-matte lip color lives up to its cheeky moniker. Whether you’re heading to a backyard BBQ or a black tie gala, it’s guaranteed to stay put through plates of baby back ribs, champagne toasts, and beyond…Dab on for a casual look, or use a lip brush for a more precise finish. Blot with a tissue for a super-matte finish.”

My thoughts: This color is a pretty perfect “my lips but better” color for me! The formula is really nice and smooth and it looks good on the lips. However, I don’t think this lipstick is as long-wearing as the company claims it is. It only lasts a few hours on me before I need to reapply. This isn’t a problem for me as I usually need to reapply my lipstick throughout the day, but if a company claims something about their product, you would expect it to live up to that claim. And in the case, this lipstick does not live up to the “party proof” long-wearing claim (at least on me). But overall I do really like this lipstick and know I will get a lot of use out of it!

Product details: Kitty is sold as part of the Neutrals Trio on birchbox.com for $24 or can be purchased individually on the ModelCo website for $16.95 (lipsticks in trio are 0.13 oz but I’m not sure if that is the full size)

5. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Blackhead Extractor

pores no more

What Birchbox says: “A gentle face mask that draws out dirt and oil like a magnet, clearing blackheads and tightening pores…Two to three times a week, apply a thin layer of the mask to affected areas after cleansing. Let dry 5–10 minutes—or until it turns white. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.”

My thoughts: This is a pretty cool mask. I’ve used it a few times and have definitely noticed a difference in the appearance of blackheads on my nose. You also do not need to apply a lot of this product to get results. Therefore, I think this sample will last a long time! The mask goes on clear and then slowly turns a blueish-white, which is pretty cool to watch. However, this product is pretty expensive and I think blackhead removing pore strips are a lot more effective in getting rid of blackheads. If you prefer masks to strips there are also a tons of other masks that are less expensive and just as effective. Therefore, I probably won’t be purchasing the full size of this product but I will definitely use up the sample that I received.

Product details: Can be purchased on birchbox.com as a part of the Dr. Brandt Exclusive Clean Up Nice Kit for $45 (Note: this is a really good deal because the kit contains a the full size of the Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner which retails for $45 individually as well as sample sizes of the Pores No More cleanser, anti-aging mattifying lotion, BB cream, and a small canvas zippered bag!)

If you liked what you saw, you can subscribe to Birchbox for $10/month at birchbox.com!

What did you get in your October Birchbox? Do you dislike getting eyeshadow samplers as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below!






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